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When More Is Not Better: Overcoming America's Obsession with Economic Efficiency by [Roger L. Martin]

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When More Is Not Better: Overcoming America's Obsession with Economic Efficiency

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Named the 2020 Porchlight Leadership & Strategy Book of the Year

Named one of the "10 Best New Business Books of 2020" by Inc. magazine

Named one of the Globe & Mail's "Best Business Books of 2020"

Named one of the "Best books of 2020: Business" by the Financial Times

"A new book by Professor Roger Martin is always a major event for the evolution of management." — Forbes

"This important new book blames a dangerous obsession with efficiency, long the mantra and target of chief executives and finance directors worldwide and a foundation of modern capitalism." — Financial Times

"Drawing from hard economic data and in-depth interviews with 'regular Americans,' Martin makes a persuasive case for rethinking perceived wisdom about the economy. Policy makers and business leaders will want to take note." — Publisher's Weekly

Advance Praise for When More Is Not Better:

"Roger Martin leverages his deep knowledge of economic systems to precisely diagnose the systemic shortcomings of the modern economy and his practical experience to lay out a pathway to an economy that works for all. A must-read." — Paul Polman, cofounder and Chair, IMAGINE; former CEO, Unilever

"Important, if surprising, messages . . . by one of the world's most creative business minds. Roger Martin offers a realist's path toward a more resilient America, with concrete suggestions for business leaders, politicians, educators, and citizens." — Dani Rodrik, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy, Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government; author, Straight Talk on Trade

"When More Is Not Better shows what will truly set up our economy for long-term success: a better balance of efficiency and resilience. And it's also the prescription we need as individuals. A must-read for our time!" — Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO, Thrive Global

"Roger Martin is my generation's Peter Drucker. He enables us to see beyond the traditional boundaries of business theory to the bigger system at play in our efficiency-obsessed world. And, like Drucker's, his prescriptions are clear, realistic, and practical." — Jim Hackett, President and CEO, Ford Motor Company

"The world has never been so . . . well connected, [yet] we remain more divided, with many feeling left behind and deeply frustrated. Martin not only provides a deep and clear understanding of why this is the case but also what can relatively easily be done. . . . I was left with a feeling of optimism about bringing greater resilience to our world." — Jorgen Vig Knudstorp, former CEO, LEGO Group; Executive Chairman, LEGO Brand Group

"At the moment when America needs it most, When More Is Not Better brilliantly reveals where democratic capitalism has gone wrong and what new design principles we need to fix it." — Tim Brown, Chair, IDEO; author, Change by Design

"When More Is Not Better delivers a trenchant critique of the efficiency-at-any-price economic model. But it also offers something equally important and exceedingly rare: real, practical solutions. . . . A timely, urgent book." — Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times bestselling author, Drive, When, and A Whole New Mind

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Roger L. Martin is Dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and an adviser to CEOs on strategy, design, innovation, and integrative thinking. In 2011, Roger was named by Thinkers50 as the sixth top management thinker in the world. This is his eighth book; he also contributes regularly to Harvard Business Review, the Financial Times, and the Washington Post, among others. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0842X18W1
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harvard Business Review Press (September 29, 2020)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 29, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1905 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 185 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 105 ratings

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I am an author and strategy advisor to CEOs. My passion is an helping businesspeople use more effective models to guide their actions. I've looked, for example, for common patterns in the way successful leaders tackle difficult 'either/or' dilemmas. I've explored how it is that corporations drive out innovation - even as they desperately seek it. I've examined the way in which theories that are meant to help corporations achieve financial goals and make shareholders rich actually produce the opposite. In each of my books, I diagnose the manner in which our thinking gets in our own way, and provide specific advice for overcoming that challenge.

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